Wu Liang Ye is amazing if you like spicy and salty Sczechuan style food. The spicy dishes are loaded with chiles and the flavours in general are dominating. Some of the dishes are clearly not for the sanitized North American palete with chunks of skin / bone and such. Everything is delicious. Dan Dan noodles are garlicky and spicy, Hunan Chicken deliciously tangy with good heat, garlic eggplant self explanatory. They do have some tamer dishes and classic Chinese favorited (like crispy duck). I have eaten here (including a LOT of takeout) literally hundreds of times since I used to work next door in Rockefeller Plaza. Never a bad meal.
The wait times can be crazy, especially for lunch (they do take out if you work nearby and have good value options). The warmth of the staff is generally inverse to the spicyness of the food. Are you used to being treated like "somebody"? You have been warned; you are going to be very disappointed. Regulars know its all worth it but you may not figure out the menu or the pace (fast!) on your first visit and hence not feel welcomed. There is a big line and they do a booming business so if you don't like it.....
Decor is also totally lacking since it looks exactly like you would imagine a dingy and dodgy back alley joint to look in the "bad" part of town in some stereotyped Chinese mafia movie.
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